Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Phil Housley
Phil Housley retired with the record for most points and games played by an American-born player in the National Hockey League history.

Phillip Francis Housley was born March 9, 1964 in St. Paul, Minnesota. A hockey prodigy from an early age, Housley scored 118 goals as an 8th grader at the Bantam level. He went on to star for his high school, South St. Paul High, and was selected to play for the U.S. National Team at both the World Junior Championships and the World Championship.

Phil was drafted sixth overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, and joined the Sabres on defence that fall. He had an outstanding rookie season in 1982-83, scoring 19 goals and 66 points to earn a berth on the league's All-Rookie Team. He scored a staggering 31 goals as a second-year player, and was picked to play in the NHL All-Star Game for the first of seven times. He starred during eight seasons in Buffalo before being traded to the Winnipeg Jets with Scott Arniel, Jeff Parker and a first round draft pick in exchange for Dale Hawerchuk and a first round selection.

Housley spent three productive seasons with the Jets, including a Second All-Star Team selection in 1992. He was also a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman that same season. In 1992-93, he enjoyed a career year in which he collected 97 points. But Phil was then dealt to the St. Louis Blues just prior to the 1993-94 season, a trade that saw the Jets receive Nelson Emerson and Stephane Quintal. One season with the Blues and Phil was sent packing to the Calgary Flames along with second round draft picks in 1996 and 1997 in exchange for Al MacInnis and a fourth round pick in 1997. During his second season in Calgary, the Flames traded Housley and Dan Keczmer to the New Jersey Devils for Tommy Albelin, Cale Hulse and Jocelyn Lemieux.

Signed as a free agent by Washington in July 1996, Phil spent two seasons with the Capitals, and in his last season, he and his teammates went all the way to the Stanley Cup final before being swept by the Detroit Red Wings. It was the closest Housley got to winning the Stanley Cup during his NHL career. In fact, Housley played more games without winning the Stanley Cup than any player in NHL history.

During the summer of 1998, he was claimed on waivers by Calgary and returned to play three more seasons with the Flames. In September 2001, the Chicago Blackhawks claimed Housley in the waiver draft. He played the better part of two seasons with the Hawks, but at the trade deadline in 2003, Phil was traded to the Maple Leafs for two draft picks. Hoping to employ Housley's veteran leadership and offence from the blueline in their drive towards the Stanley Cup, Phil played but one regular season game and three playoff games before Toronto's season came to an abrupt end. Phil Housley's career came to a conclusion, too, and he announced his retirement in January 2004.

While his career consisted of a number of stops and starts, Housley always proved to be a cerebral player with strong offensive talent. He played 1,495 regular season NHL games, amassing a record of 338 goals and 894 assists for 1,232 points. In post-season play, he added 13 goals and 43 assists for 56 points in 85 games. Phil is the second-leading scorer amongst American-born players, in spite of playing defence.

In addition, he contributed significantly to the United States' entries at the World Championships in 1982, 1986, 1989, 2000, 2001 and 2003, as well as the 1984 and 1987 Canada Cup tournaments. At the World Cup of Hockey in 1996, Phil and the team took first place. He was also part of Team USA's silver medal effort at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

In 2004, Phil Housley was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 South St. Paul High School High-MN 18 28 26 54
1980-81 St. Paul Vulcans USHL 6 7 7 14 6 10 5 5 10 0
1981-82 South St. Paul High School High-MN 22 31 34 65 18
1981-82 United States WJC-A 7 1 0 1 6
1981-82 United States WEC-A 7 1 0 1 4
1982-83 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 19 47 66 39 -4 10 3 4 7 2
1983-84 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 31 46 77 33 +3 3 0 0 0 6
1984-85 United States Can-Cup 6 0 2 2 0
1984-85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 16 53 69 28 +15 5 3 2 5 2
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 15 47 62 54 -9
1985-86 United States WEC-A 10 2 6 8 4
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 21 46 67 57 -2
1987-88 United States Can-Cup 5 0 2 2 4
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 74 29 37 66 96 -17 6 2 4 6 6
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 72 26 44 70 47 +6 5 1 3 4 2
1988-89 United States WEC-A 7 3 4 7 2
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 21 60 81 32 +11 6 1 4 5 4
1990-91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 78 23 53 76 24 -13
1991-92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 74 23 63 86 92 -5 7 1 4 5 0
1992-93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 18 79 97 52 -14 6 0 7 7 2
1993-94 St. Louis Blues NHL 26 7 15 22 12 -5 4 2 1 3 4
1994-95 Zurcher SC Swiss 10 6 8 14 34
1994-95 Calgary Flames NHL 43 8 35 43 18 +17 7 0 9 9 0
1995-96 Calgary Flames NHL 59 16 36 52 22 -2
1995-96 New Jersey Devils NHL 22 1 15 16 8 -4
1996-97 United States W-Cup 1 0 1 1 0
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 77 11 29 40 24 -10
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 64 6 25 31 24 -10 18 0 4 4 4
1998-99 Calgary Flames NHL 79 11 43 54 52 +14
1999-00 Calgary Flames NHL 78 11 44 55 24 -12
1999-00 United States WC-A 7 2 3 5 0 +2
2000-01 Calgary Flames NHL 69 4 30 34 24 -15
2000-01 United States WC-A 9 0 1 1 4 0
2001-02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 15 24 39 34 -3 5 0 1 1 4
2001-02 United States Olympics 6 1 4 5 0 +5
2002-03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 57 6 23 29 24 +7
2002-03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 2 -1 3 0 0 0 0
2002-03 United States WC-A 6 1 1 2 4 +3
NHL Totals 1495 338 894 1232 822 85 13 43 56 36


NHL All-Rookie Team (1983)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1992) Lester Patrick Trophy (2008) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1984, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000)
Traded to Winnipeg by Buffalo with Scott Arniel, Jeff Parker and Buffalo's 1st round pick (Keith Tkachuk) in 1990 NHL Draft for Dale Hawerchuk and Winnipeg's 1st round pick (Brad May) in 1990 NHL Draft, June 16, 1990. Traded to St. Louis by Winnipeg for Nelson Emerson and Stephane Quintal, September 24, 1993. Traded to Calgary by St. Louis with St. Louis' 2nd round picks in 1996 (Steve Begin) and 1997 (John Tripp) NHL Drafts for Al MacInnis and Calgary's 4th round pick (Didier Tremblay) in 1997 NHL Draft, July 4, 1994. Traded to New Jersey by Calgary with Dan Keczmer for Tommy Albelin, Cale Hulse and Jocelyn Lemieux, February 26, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 22, 1996. Claimed on waivers by Calgary from Washington, July 21, 1998. Claimed by Chicago from Calgary in Waiver Draft, September 28, 2001. Traded to Toronto by Chicago for Toronto's 9th round pick (Chris Porter) in 2003 NHL Draft and Toronto's 4th round pick (Karel Hromas) in 2004 NHL Draft, March 11, 2003.
Officially announced retirement, January 16, 2004.
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